NASCAR and Indycar team owner Chip Ganassi is reportedly working on a deal that would place Indycar diva Danica Patrick in a 3rd Target Indycar for Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2010 season.
The move would delay Patrick coming to NASCAR, which, in my opinion, is good for everybody. But signing with an owner like Ganassi most likely means that her time in NASCAR is coming.
Ganassi has been known to take drivers from open-wheel racing, such as Formula 1 and Indycar, and placing them in NASCAR. He has done that with several drivers, including Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti.
Unfortunately, if Patrick does sign with Ganassi, she will most likely be thrown into stock cars a few years from now, as opposed to taking the usual route through ARCA and Nationwide. That’s what Ganassi did with Montoya and Franchitti. And while there is debate as to how Montoya has fared in NASCAR, there is no doubt that Franchitti’s brief tenure was disastrous.
Patrick would most likely be next. But at least it appears that her time is still a few years away.